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Redmi Note 8 Pro Unboxing and First Impressions

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Better late than never. Our review unit of the Redmi Note 8 Pro has just arrived late last week. The device was launched more than a month ago and probably there are already thousand of happy Redmi Note 8 Pro owners out there. Now this review is for those who are planning to buy one or on the fence in which phone to buy. Let’s start the unboxing now!

Redmi Note 8 Pro specs

  • Octa Core Mediatek Helio G90 T processor
  • 6GB RAM/64GB internal storage
  • 6GB RAm/128GB internal storage
  • Expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 6.53-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1080 x 2340 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Rear Cameras
    • 64 MP, f/1.8, PDAF
    • 8 MP, f/2.2 ultrawide
    • 2 MP, f/2.4 macro
    • 2 MP, f/2.4 depth sensor
  • 20MP front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint Scanner (rear mounted), USB Type C
  • Sensors – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • 4,500 mAh battery with 18W fast charge
  • Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 11
  • Price: Php 11,490 (6GB/64GB) and Php 12,990 (6GB/128GB)

What’s inside the box?

  • Redmi Note 8 Pro unit
  • Free case
  • USB Type C cable
  • Fast charging wall adapter

HARDWARE

We first fell in love with the unique color of this particular review unit – Forest Green. The green color is more prominent at the sides as compared to the middle which made it stand out. Depending on the light and angle, the color shade usually change from dark green to forest green. The device also has noticeable heft probably due to its bigger battery.

Let’s have a tour of the hardware. On the right we got the volume rockers and power button and on the left is the SIM card/microSD tray. Up top is the noise cancelling microphone. Down at the bottom, there is a 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type C, microphone and the single speaker.

The display is a 6.53-inch IPS LCD panel. The screen is bright enough for outdoor use. Brightness output is better than the regular Redmi Note 8. Color calibration is also better

SOFTWARE

Upon connecting the device to our WiFi, we were immediately prompted to a major update – MIUI 11. Although the phone is still running Android 9.0 Pie, Xiaomi has managed to seed a latest MIUI 11 update. Compared to MIUI 10 before it, the new version is more flatter, more colorful and nice animations.

FIRST CAMERA SAMPLES

Based on paper, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a camera powerhouse. We have 64MP main camera which is a Samsung-made sensor, an 8MP ultrawide camera, 2MP macro lens and 2MP depth sensor. Based on our first photos, they are quite impressive. We have to do more shooting for our full review. Here are some of our first sample shots

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The Redmi Note 8 Pro should be included in the best midrange smartphones for this year. It has really good hardware, better software experience, capable cameras and better display. Two thumbs up for our recommendation if you intend to buy one! Full review coming up very soon!

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